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Mississippi Death Index

Reclaim The Records

Introducing the first-ever freely-available publication, online or otherwise, of the Mississippi Statewide Death Index! This record set covers deaths in the state of Mississippi from about November 1912 (although a few counties were slow to join in) through 1943.

This record set was originally compiled by the Works Project Administration (WPA), as part of their incredibly important Historical Records Survey group.

Up until, oh, right now, the only place anyone could see or use this index was by visiting the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, Mississippi in person, then tediously cranking through the faded and scratched microfilm rolls, or shuffling around microfiche sheets for some of the years.

But thanks to the non-profit group Reclaim The Records, and a tenacious young genealogist named Christopher Smothers, this index is now finally online and free. There are no copyrights or usage restrictions. The images and data are in the public domain.

For more details, check out this newsletter for the backstory, and the website for Reclaim The Records.
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Introducing the first-ever freely-available publication, online or otherwise, of the Mississippi Statewide Death Index! This record set covers deaths in the state of Mississippi from about November 1912 (although a few counties were slow to join in) through 1943.

This record set was originally compiled by the Works Project Administration (WPA), as part of their incredibly important Historical Records Survey group.

Up until, oh, right now, the only place anyone could see or use this index was by visiting the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, Mississippi in person, then tediously cranking through the faded and scratched microfilm rolls, or shuffling around microfiche sheets for some of the years.

But thanks to the non-profit group Reclaim The Records, and a tenacious young genealogist named Christopher Smothers, this index is now finally online and free. There are no copyrights or usage restrictions. The images and data are in the public domain.

For more details, check out this newsletter for the backstory, and the website for Reclaim The Records.

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